• Events

    A Whore’s Manifesto Book Reading + Q&A

    Sunday, November 10th — 7:30 pm — FREE (with option to pre-order A Whore’s Manifesto at 10% off) Sex work was once thought to be anathema to women’s liberation. Now, to some, we represent the tenacity of women’s struggles under patriarchy and capitalism — that is, at least the white, straight, cis, able-bodied sex workers who don’t engage in actual sex with clients do. These are the workers who get the glossy media profiles and are touted as feminist icons. But the red umbrella is wide and covers many: escorts, sugar babies, strippers, session wrestlers, cam performers, fetish models, DIY queer porn stars, and the full range of gender, race…

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    This Heart Holds Many Book Reading & Event with Koe Creation

    Sunday, June 2nd — 7:30 pm — FREE (with option to pre-order This Heart Holds Many at 10% off) As polyamory becomes ever more present in our society, the question blooming in people’s minds is: what about the children!? Fortunately, Koe Creation is here with an answer. This Heart Holds Many: My Life as the Nonbinary Millennial Child of a Polyamorous Family is a memoir highlighting both the logistics and agreements that contributed to one of the most positively unique childhoods you’ve ever heard of! During this reading, Koe will share their stories of crowded parent teacher conferences, queer youth summer camp, and parental adoptions over potluck dinner that were…

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    Drawn to Sex Book Signing with Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan

    Thursday, November 15th — 7:00 – 9:00 pm — FREE — She Bop Division — RSVP on Facebook Join us at our SE Division location (3213 SE Division) for the release of Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan’s new book, Drawn to Sex! Come get your book signed and shop around! This event is free. Have you ever had a question about sex, but didn’t know who to ask? Well, Erika and Matthew have spent years learning, talking, and creating informative comics on their site Oh Joy Sex Toy covering all aspects of sex. Using comics, jokes, and frank communication, they’re here to demystify the world of sex and answer your questions — including ones you…

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    Tongue Tied Book Launch, Reading, and Q&A with Stella Harris

    Thursday, September 13th — 7:30 p.m. — FREE (with option to pre-order Tongue-Tied at 10% off) Come celebrate the publication of Stella Harris’s first book, Tongue Tied: Untangling Communication in Sex, Kink, and Relationships, an incredible guide full of exercises, tools, and personal experiences. There will be a reading and book signing as well as a chance to share some champagne and cupcakes to celebrate, and don’t forget to bring your questions for the Q&A! Choose from two RSVP options: RSVP only (free) RSVP and purchase Tongue Tied at a discount ($15.30), to be picked up in-store the night of the event* Whether addressing sexual frustration with your partner, trying out new fantasies, or negotiating the terms…

  • New products,  News

    New product round-up for January

    LELO Mona Wave and Ina Wave

    When it comes to new technological innovations, LELO is always coming up with something exciting. This month it’s the Mona Wave and Ina Wave, based on their popular Mona and Ina vibrators. These unique toys have shafts that physically move up and down, mimicking a “come hither” motion against the G-spot. LELO also released an upgraded version of one of their classic vibrators: Siri 2. We’re thrilled that this toy is now waterproof and more powerful than before! It even has a sound-responsive setting, enabling the toy to vibrate to any music playing in its vicinity. We have several other new toys — the Crave Vesper, OhMiBod Lovelife Cuddle, Bettie Page Buzzin’ Bullet, and Fun Factory ShareVibe — which are featured in…

  • Musings

    The not-so-secret lives of erotica writers

    In some ways, erotica authors are just like the rest of the population. But not in every way. Ebook recommendation website The Fussy Librarian recently surveyed 103 authors of erotic romance novels, with some interesting results.  The vast majority of respondents were heterosexual married women aged 24-54. The average age that they lost their virginity was 17.8, compared to the U.S. average of 17.1. 28% of them have had more than 11 partners, compared to the national average of 9%. Apparently, erotica writers don’t have sex any more frequently than average Americans, but they are more likely to have engaged in threesomes, practiced BDSM, and had sex in unique locations such as offices, cars, planes,…

  • New products,  News

    New product round-up for May

    The world is a much sparklier place now with the addition of many different butt plugs from Crystal Delights! We have their basic yet gorgeous short stem and long stem plugs with Swarovski crystals, a frosted plug with a vintage medallion in the base, a clear plug with a white air bubble marble base, and plugs with faux fur and rainbow pony tails. Tails! Our newest vibrator is the Blush Purity, which stands out as an inexpensive silicone vibe. We like its somewhat realistic shape and its simple turn dial base. Not to mention its price — only $32! Our bookshelves are now stocked with the latest issue of Original Plumbing: Trans Male Quarterly (the…

  • New products,  News

    New product round-up for April

    April showers bring May… books? 50 Shades of Kink, Tristan Taormino’s latest guidebook, is here and it’s everything you’d expect from her: snappy, smart, and accessible. We also added Smut Peddler, a collection of 24 dirty comics featuring Portland’s own Erika Moen (of Oh Joy Sex Toy fame), and The Jealousy Workbook: Exercises and Insights for Managing Open Relationships. For our Gender Studies section, we picked up the classic Gender Outlaw by Kate Bornstein, Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity, and a book with the most adorable child we’ve ever seen on the cover, Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender Non-Conforming Children. We added two more of whirlwind porn performer Madison Young‘s creations to…

  • Musings

    Girl Sex 101 needs your support!

    What could be better than road trips, queer folks, sex ed, and comics? How about all of those things rolled into one?! It is a collaboration of epic proportions: author and sex educator Allison Moon has teamed up with artist kd diamond to create Girl Sex 101 — a road trip-themed book featuring amazing color illustrations and an entertaining yet educational narrative all about queer sex. Currently in the crowdfunding stage on Kickstarter, Girl Sex 101 promises to be informative, hot, engaging, and inclusive: Girl Sex 101 features over 14 sexy and educational stories featuring our diverse cast of characters that illustrate the rest of the info in the chapter. For…

  • Musings,  New products,  News

    Ageless Erotica: more than added wrinkles

    Ageless Erotica

    As big fans of senior sex educator Joan Price (author of Better Than I Ever Expected and Naked at Our Age), we were excited when she posted a call for submisssions for a senior erotica anthology in November of 2011. A book like that was desperately needed, and we knew Price was just the person to make it happen! Well, the fruits of Price’s labor are finally here in the form of Ageless Erotica. We love it. Just look at that cover! In an article for The Daily Beast, erotica extraordinaire Rachel Kramer Bussel details the story behind Ageless Erotica while also exploring the latest sex writing from older sex educators, sex surrogates, and even a Colorado…